Cinnamon Janzer

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Cinnamon Janzer

Cinnamon Janzer is a journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. Her first job was at a buffet in Mandan, North Dakota which was just as lowbrow as it sounds. Read more about her at

building an employee handbook

May 14, 2019

7 Employee Handbook Examples You Should Steal From

If you haven’t spent time designing an employee handbook yet—you’re not alone. An employee handbook can be incredibly useful in building a positive workplace culture and employee loyalty, but it’s not an easy feat to write one. That’s why we’re breaking down the process for you and offering you seven employee handbook examples. Often having […]


May 14, 2019

What is Bereavement Leave? A Quick Guide

The only things certain in life are death and taxes–and business owners must deal with both. When it comes to dealing with the issue of death in the workplace, bereavement leave can be an emotional issue, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of what it is and the federal and state laws that […]


May 8, 2019

The Essentials of the Small Business Employee Handbook

What’s the point of an employee handbook? Isn’t it just a collection of documents everyone will ignore? It shouldn’t be. A thoughtful employee handbook is critical when you’re onboarding new hires. And the best company handbooks are an invaluable reference point for employees throughout their tenure at your business. Many people might think that small […]


May 2, 2019

What You Should Know About Flexible Paid Time Off

One thing that every business with employees (aka practically all businesses) will have to contend with is crafting a paid time off, or PTO, policy. In recent years, flexible paid time off policies—aka policies that allow employees to take time off when they need it for increasingly varied reasons—have stormed onto the scene. But if […]

2019 social security payroll tax cap

May 1, 2019

What the FICA? The Social Security Payroll Tax Cap for 2019

When it comes to running a small business, there are a million things on your plate and in your mind all the time, especially around the end of the year. And on top of throwing holiday office parties and navigating everyone’s time off requests, there still exist all of the regular day-to-day business operations that […]

paid voting leave

April 26, 2019

New York Employers Now Must Offer 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave

Election Day 2020 is just around the corner and that means brushing up on election labor laws. While federal law doesn’t require employers to give their workers time off to vote, many states do. Before next November, review your state and local laws now to get policies in place that ensure you’re compliant with any […]

how to correct a mistake on a job offer letter

March 29, 2019

What to do If You Make a Mistake In Your Job Offer Letter

Hiring employees can be a truly exciting time for a small business owner– an exciting milestone when it’s done for the first time. It can mean reaching your immediate business goals or achieving a life-long dream of running a successful business of your own. However, hiring employees can be tricky business for first-timers as the […]

why small businesses struggle with disability management

March 25, 2019

Small Businesses Struggling with Absence and Disability Management

There are a variety of federal, state, and local regulations that any business, big or small, has to be aware of and stay compliant with. However, staying on top of those demands, especially when you’re a small business scrambling to make ends meet, can be challenging. It’s often tempting to deal with what seem to […]

professional participating in continuous learning

March 18, 2019

New Emphasis on Continuous Learning Could Increase Engagement

As the modern world of work continues to shift towards an emphasis on employee engagement and collaborative workspaces, there has been an increasing interest in learning and development programs and sharpening skillsets of employees. And for good reason; there are a plethora of benefits that accompany an effective learning and development program. These benefits can include […]

financial well being

March 14, 2019

Financial Wellness Programs: Why They’re on the Rise

It’s 2019 and benefits are the name of the game. Gone are the days when companies were elevated in the labor market by a simple retirement plan or comprehensive health insurance. Today employees, particularly those of younger generations, are demanding more comprehensive, creative, and unique fringe benefits. This article will focus on one of our favorite […]

disability enrollment

March 11, 2019

How Does Disability Enrollment Work?

Within the US there are two main federal programs—Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs—designed to provide assistance for those with long-term disabilities. There are some notable differences between the two programs, but both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who meet certain medical criteria for disability enrollment will qualify for […]

FSA eligible transportation expenses

March 1, 2019

Which Transportation Expenses are FSA Eligible?

The benefits landscape has seen some change across the U.S. Due to a number of factors— from the demands of younger generations like millennials to cash-strapped startups looking to set their companies apart—small businesses are beginning to offer a new plethora of fringe benefits to employees. One benefit that’s on the rise is covering FSA eligible transportation expenses, […]